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Picking out a new mattress requires a fair amount of due diligence on your part. Since beds are so integral to a good night’s rest, you should research different mattress brands and models to see how they compare. In our Bear vs. Casper mattress guide, we’ll take an in-depth look at two major “bed-in-a-box” brands that primarily sell their products online and ship directly to your home.
Casper first launched in 2014 with a mixed-foam bed dubbed the Casper Original. The flagship model, which contains memory foam and polyfoam layers, is also available as the Casper Hybrid with pocketed coils instead of a base foam support core. Other mattresses from the company include a budget-friendly all-foam bed known as the Casper Element (formerly the Essential), along with two high-end hybrids, the Nova Hybrid, and Wave Hybrid.
Our second brand, Bear, has also been in business since 2014. Bear offers a selection of mattresses with covers made from specialty Celliant fabric, a material designed to regulate your temperature and promote muscle recovery during the night. The flagship Bear Mattress – like the Casper Original – is an all-foam mattress built with memory foam and polyfoam layers. The Bear Pro is another all-foam model with an additional layer of comfort foam and a slightly higher profile than the flagship Bear Mattress. The company also offers the Bear Hybrid, which contains a pocketed coil support core.
As you can see, Casper and Bear offer a similar mattress selection. However, there are some notable differences between these two brands and their all-foam and hybrid models. In our Casper mattress vs. Bear mattress comparison, we’ll take an in-depth look at how these companies measure up based on different criteria for sleepers and mattress buyers.
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|Price Range (Queen)|
|$995 to $1,695||$595 to $2,595|
|Firm – 7 (Bear Mattress) Medium Firm – 6 (Bear Pro, Bear Hybrid)||Medium – 5 (Casper Mattress, Casper Hybrid, Nova Hybrid, Wave Hybrid) Medium Firm – 6 (Element)|
|Sleep Trial & Warranty|
100-night sleep trial
10-year warranty (Bear Mattress, Bear Pro)
20-year warranty (Bear Hybrid)
100-night sleep trial
Mattress dimensions are an important consideration for a few reasons. Since bed-in-a-box brands deliver directly to your doorstep, you should check the weight in advance – many mattresses weigh 120 pounds or more, and you may need assistance carrying the shipping box to your bedroom. Height is another factor to take into account. While some sleepers don’t care about their mattress profile, some would much rather sleep on a shorter- or taller-than-average bed.
Most mattresses sold today are available in six standard sizes. The twin, twin XL, and full sizes are a bit narrow and best suited to single sleepers, while the queen, king, and California king offer enough width for two people to sleep comfortably. These sizes also offer different lengths, making them more or less suitable depending on how tall you are. Consider your sleeping situation before choosing a mattress size.
Below, you’ll find available sizes and weight and height measurements for all Bear and Casper mattresses.
The mattress selections from Bear and Casper are very comparable in terms of mattress weight, thickness, and size availability. As is often the case with these mattress types, the brands’ all-foam models are fairly lightweight, making them relatively easy to lift and carry. These mattresses have profiles ranging from 10 to 12 inches. By comparison, Bear and Casper hybrids are generally heavier and thicker than their all-foam counterparts. You’ll most likely need assistance moving these models to other areas of your house.
If you have an easier time getting on and off a thicker bed, then you may want to opt for a high-profile model such as the Bear Hybrid (14 inches) or the Casper Nova Hybrid (13 inches). Those who prefer sleeping closer to the ground should consider the Bear Mattress, Casper Original, or Casper Hybrid, all of which measure 11 inches or shorter. The Bear Pro and Casper Wave Hybrid are good options for sleepers who prefer a mid-level mattress profile.
Neither Bear nor Casper offers any additional sizes, such as split queens or kings. Additionally, you won’t be able to customize these beds with any optional features that affect weight or thickness.
Precise mattress specs can be quite helpful when choosing a new model because materials and construction affect how the bed feels and performs. Breathable comfort layers help the surface stay cool. Robust base components ensure even support for your body and less sinkage along the edges. Composition can also play a role in durability, pain and pressure relief, motion isolation, and odor potential. Additionally, you’ll find that mattresses made with certain materials generally cost more than others.
Below, we’ll break down the individual layers of each Bear and Casper mattress. We’ll also discuss how these materials impact different performance areas to assist with your Bear mattress vs. Casper mattress comparisons.
The flagship Bear Mattress is constructed with a 2-inch memory foam comfort layer. The surface has a medium feel, so the foam contours closely to the body, and the foam is infused with graphite gel to minimize excessive body heat. This model also contains a 2-inch polyfoam transitional layer to prevent you from sinking too deeply and a 6-inch support core of high-density polyfoam for added reinforcement and stability.
Due to its firm, moderately conforming feel, the Bear mattress is particularly well-suited to side and back sleepers weighing 130 pounds or more. Stomach sleepers may also find the Bear Mattress comfortable, but heavier stomach sleepers may sag a bit too much to sleep comfortably.
The Bear Pro builds on the core design of the brand’s flagship all-foam model. In addition to the gel-infused memory foam comfort layer, this mattress includes a second comfort layer of copper-infused polyfoam. The Bear Pro also has a slightly firmer surface and a thicker base polyfoam layer, so it is more supportive and better suited to back sleepers.
The Bear Mattress and Bear Pro also provide very good motion isolation due to their all-foam designs. The top layers absorb movement from sleepers and prevent it from transferring across the surface, which in turn can help prevent sleep disturbances for you and your partner. The mattresses are completely silent, as well. We highly recommend either model for couples.
The Bear Hybrid is the brand’s thickest mattress, measuring 14 inches thick. This model is constructed with two polyfoam comfort layers, including a gel-infused top layer to help prevent excessive body heat from building up on the surface. This is followed by a polyfoam transitional layer and an 8-inch Quantum Edge pocketed coils reinforced with base foam which comprises the Bear Hybrid’s support core. For added stability, the coils feature side rails to minimize sinkage along the perimeter. When comparing the Bear Hybrid vs. Casper hybrid models, the latter are considerably softer.
All three Bear Mattresses are encased in covers made of Celliant fabric. This textile is designed to absorb heat, convert it into infrared energy, and then transmit the energy back into your body through the skin. This process can regulate body temperature, increase blood flow, and help the body recover after demanding physical activities. That said, some people notice the effects of Celliant fabric more than others, and experiences with the textile vary by sleeper.
If you enjoy the close contouring and pressure relief of an all-foam bed, we recommend either the medium-feel Bear Mattress or medium firm Bear Pro, depending on which firmness level you prefer. Those who’d rather sleep on a mattress that provides extra support and responsiveness will probably find the Bear Hybrid more comfortable instead.
The flagship Casper Original is composed of polyfoam and memory foam comfort layers, making it a “mixed-foam” model. The top polyfoam layer adds some light bounciness to the surface while the memory foam offers gentle conforming. The memory foam layer is zoned, meaning it feels firmer and more supportive beneath your back and waist while cradling the lighter areas of your body. The base layer consists of high-density polyfoam.
The Casper Original’s layers create a balanced medium feel that is optimal for side and back sleepers. Those who weigh more than 230 pounds – stomach sleepers in particular – will likely experience too much sinkage on this model. If you want a mattress that contours closely and alleviates pressure but also feels a bit springier than the Casper Original, then the Casper Hybrid should be a suitable alternative. This model is identical to the flagship Casper mattress except for one key difference: the hybrid’s support core features pocketed coils instead of foam.
Casper’s other all-foam mattress is the Element, formerly known as the Essential. This model is constructed with a 3-inch polyfoam comfort layer over a base layer of high-density polyfoam. Without any memory foam, the Element conforms a bit less than the Casper Original but it also feels firmer and sinks less. This model may be a more comfortable option for back sleepers who require more support.
The Nova Hybrid is one of Casper’s newest models. The mattress begins with a top layer of AirScape open-cell polyfoam, a very soft and breathable material that gives the surface a plush feel. A second polyfoam comfort layer is divided into three firmness zones, and the memory foam transitional layer is divided into seven firmness zones. Together, these layers ensure sufficient reinforcement for areas where you carry a disproportionate amount of weight and gentle conforming for the head, neck, shoulders, and legs. The Nova Hybrid’s support core features 6-inch pocketed coils surrounded by a 7-inch polyfoam encasement.
The Wave Hybrid is constructed with comfort layers of open-cell polyfoam, open-cell latex, and three-zone memory foam. You’ll feel more responsiveness on the Wave Hybrid than other Casper hybrids, which can be attributed to the latex layer. This model also contains a polyfoam transitional layer with zoned gel pods for enhanced bodily support. Like the Nova Hybrid, the Wave Hybrid’s coil layer consists of 6-inch pocketed coils with a 7-inch polyfoam encasement.
The Nova Hybrid and Wave Hybrid each offer a medium feel and close body-contouring. Many hybrids from other brands – including the Bear Hybrid – are firmer by comparison. As a result, these Casper hybrids may be better suited to side, back, and stomach sleepers who weigh 230 pounds or less. However, they will likely feel much too soft for people weighing more than 230 pounds. These sleepers may feel less support on a Casper hybrid vs. the Bear Hybrid.
Every Casper mattress is encased in a stretch-cotton cover derived in part from recycled plastic bottles.
The price of a new mattress depends on a handful of factors. Material composition is one of the most influential factors. A mattress made with high-density memory foam, organic latex, premium coils, and other high-end components will usually cost more than a model made with cheaper, less durable materials. Thickness often plays a role, as well, since high-profile beds contain more conforming and support materials than their shorter counterparts. Other variables affecting price include the size of the mattress, the brand you choose, and whether you purchase the bed online or at a brick-and-mortar store.
The average all-foam mattress costs between $900 and $1,200 in a queen size. This is one of the most affordable mattress types. Hybrids tend to be more expensive – $1,600 to $2,200 for the average queen size model. However, as you can see below, both Bear and Casper offer mattresses across a wide price range to accommodate sleepers with different shopping budgets.
|Bear Mattress||Bear Pro||Bear Hybrid|
|Casper Original||Casper Original Hybrid||Casper Wave Hybrid||Casper Element||Casper Nova Hybrid|
Bear’s all-foam mattresses have price-points that are on par with industry averages, while the Bear Hybrid has a below-average sticker price for a hybrid model. All three are considered high-value picks due to their affordable costs and strong performance across different categories.
Casper’s mattresses represent a wider price range. The Element is very affordable for an all-foam model, whereas the Wave Hybrid is quite expensive compared to other hybrid models. The Nova Hybrid may also be a bit too costly for some, but this model’s price-point is on par with that of the average hybrid. The Casper Original and Casper Hybrid are both solid picks if you’re looking for a high-quality mattress with a mid-range sticker price.
Bear offers free ground shipping via FedEx for all orders within the contiguous U.S. Customers in Alaska, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, and Canada will need to pay additional delivery charges. Most Bear customers receive their mattress within two to seven days of placing their original order.
Casper extends free ground shipping to all customers in the contiguous U.S. and provincial Canada. Those in Alaska, Hawaii, and Canadian territories must pay extra delivery fees. Expected wait time for a Casper mattress is about five to seven business days.
Casper also offers White Glove shipping, a service that includes scheduled delivery date and time, in-home assembly, and old mattress removal upon request. White Glove delivery is only available to customers in the contiguous U.S. and carries a flat surcharge of $149. Bear does not provide White Glove delivery, but the company will work with customers to have their old mattress removed for a reasonable fee.
All Bear and Casper mattresses are compressed, wrapped in plastic, and vacuum-sealed for shipping. Standard deliveries are left on the customer’s doorstep, so a signature is not required. If you request White Glove delivery with your Casper order, then you’ll need to be present when the mattress arrives.
Bed-in-a-box brands usually offer a sleep trial of at least 90 nights for their mattresses. Since customers usually can’t try out these beds in brick-and-mortar stores, sleep trials allow them to decide whether a mattress is right for them before committing to it for the next six to eight years.
Both Bear and Casper offer a 100-night sleep trial for all mattresses. Bear requires customers to test out the mattress for at least 30 nights before they are able to request a return. Casper does not require a break-in period of any kind, so you’ll be able to return the mattress at any point of the 100-night trial.
Bear and Casper also offer mattress exchanges during the trial period. In either case, you’ll need to coordinate a return of the original and then purchase the second model separately; the company will issue a full refund for the original after it has been shipped back to them. Keep in mind that choosing an exchange ends the sleep trial, meaning you won’t be able to return the replacement mattress for a refund.
If you elect to return your Bear or Casper mattress, the respective company will arrange for couriers to pick up the bed from your residence at no extra charge to you.
A warranty is essentially a written agreement stating the manufacturer of a certain product will cover repair and replacement costs if said product develops a defect. The vast majority of mattresses sold today come with a warranty of at least 10 years.
The Bear Mattress and Bear Pro are covered under 10-year warranties, as are all Casper mattress models. These warranties are non-prorated. You won’t pay anything apart from shipping and transportation costs if your bed develops a defect and needs to be repaired or replaced.
The Bear Hybrid’s warranty spans 20 years, and is partially prorated. The first 10 years of the warranty are non-prorated, meaning repair and replacement costs are mostly covered by the company. Beginning in year 11, Bear will charge a prorated fee for replacing the mattress that amounts to 50 percent of the original sticker price. This fee will increase in 5 percent increments until the warranty expires.
Mattresses will eventually begin to sag and develop body impressions over time. While this is normal wear and tear, excessive sagging may indicate structural problems with the mattress. For this reason, most mattress warranties specify a “sagging depth” that constitutes a defect. The Bear Mattress, Bear Pro, and Casper mattress warranties state that body impressions measuring 1 inch or deeper are considered defects. For the Bear Hybrid, the impressions must measure at least 1.5 inches to warrant repair or replacement.
Physical flaws in the mattress that cause materials to deteriorate prematurely despite proper use and handling are also considered defects under the Bear and Casper mattress warranties. Other issues, such as physical damage and standard wear and tear, are not covered.
Sleep Trial & Returns
|10 Year, Limited||Free to contiguous U.S.|
Sleep Trial & Returns
|10 Year, Limited||Free to contiguous USA and Canada|
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